Of things unseen how canst thou deem aright,
Then answered the righteous Artegall,
Sith thou misdeem’st so much of things in sight?
What though the sea with waves continual
Do eat the earth, it is no more at all:
Nor is the earth the less, or loseth ought,
For whatsoever from one place doth fall,
Is with the tide unto another brought:
For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought.

Edmund Spenser
“The Faerie Queene”

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